by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
Today's conservatives often line up behind Ayn Rand's legacy and use her as the shining example of that which they profess to believe. Using her strong support of capitalism she has become a political tool many republicans use in a disingenuous ploy to further their crony capitalism.
Liberals have typically held very low opinions of Ayn Rand, in fact she was often reviled by many liberals of her day, as well as today's contemporary progressives. This of course is due, at least in part, to liberals tendency to believe in, and support a growing statism.
Rand was, above all else fiercely individualistic. She held that Aristotle, the father of reason was arguably the worlds greatest philosopher. And she viewed reason as the only absolute. While understanding the United States of America's system as devised and implemented by our founder's was imperfect, she nonetheless saw it as the best and most just system the world had ever seen.
In a nutshell Ayn Rand could, and should be understood from the context of true classical liberalism.
My purpose today is certainly not to judge, or advocate Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Rather it is to clarify her beliefs with respect to the conservative movement. The video being presented was done in the 1960's. While viewing it today I was struck by the accuracy of her criticisms, particularly with respect to contemporary conservatives (republicans). Her criticism of liberals have validity as well.
Growth often comes from questioning, and challenging the paradigms one hold as truth. Rand, if nothing else seems to have understood the fallacies inherent in conservatism during her life. These same issues plague the conservative movement today. Perhaps more so than ever.
For anyone interested in learning more about Ayn Rand, her philosophy and writings here is a good source.
Footnote: It is likely Ayn Rand, of the four remaining republican candidates hoping to get the opportunity to unset President Obama, would find only Ron Paul as plausible. Even given that she would not find him ideal (perfect). Any more than I or other rational supporters do.